Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife. Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and shall divide the inheritance among the brethren. Proverbs 17:3 As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts. Proverbs 17:4 The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips. Proverbs 17:5 He that despiseth the poor, reproacheth his maker: and he that rejoiceth at another man's ruin, shall not be unpunished. Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers. Proverbs 17:7 Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince. Proverbs 17:8 The expectation of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely. Proverbs 17:9 He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends. Proverbs 17:10 A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool. Proverbs 17:11 An evil man always seeketh quarrels: but a cruel angel shall be sent against him. Proverbs 17:12 It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly. Proverbs 17:13 He that rendereth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: and before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment. Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, both are abominable before God. Proverbs 17:16 What doth it avail a fool to have riches, seeing he cannot buy wisdom? He that maketh his house high, seeketh a downfall: and he that refuseth to learn, shall fall into evils. Proverbs 17:17 He that is a friend loveth at all times: and a brother is proved in distress. Proverbs 17:18 A foolish man will clap hands, when he is surety for his friend. Proverbs 17:19 He that studieth discords, loveth quarrels: and he that exalteth his door, seeketh ruin. Proverbs 17:20 He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil. Proverbs 17:21 A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool. Proverbs 17:22 A joyful mind maketh age flourishing: a sorrowful spirit drieth up the bones. Proverbs 17:23 The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment. Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth. Proverbs 17:25 A foolish son is the anger of the father: and the sorrow of the mother that bore him. Proverbs 17:26 It is no good thing to do hurt to the just: nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right. Proverbs 17:27 He that setteth bounds to his words, is knowing and wise: and the man of understanding is of a precious spirit. Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, if he will hold his peace, shall be counted wise: and if he close his lips, a man of understanding.